There’s an expression that says the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. It turns out this old-fashioned expression is right. But not in the way you think!
Breakthrough research shows that the key to healing a “broken” heart starts in your gut.
But you’ll never hear that from mainstream medicine. They’re still convinced that high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease. And a low-fat diet is the cure.
For the past 60 years, we’ve spent billions on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and fat-free foods…
Only to have cardiovascular disease skyrocket into the No. 1 cause of death in this country.
Luckily, research is starting to disprove the cholesterol-fat-heart disease theory. In fact, researchers at Yale Department of Cardiovascular Medicine proved in an extensive clinical trial that people with low cholesterol had nearly two times as many heart attacks as those with high cholesterol.1
And a few years ago, a University of Cambridge review of 72 different studies found absolutely NO evidence at all to support the theory that fat and cholesterol cause heart disease.
The real cause of heart disease is inflammation caused by your body’s reaction to a diet we didn’t evolve to eat.2
Our modern food supply is made up of inflammation-friendly foods like refined carbohydrates and sugars, cheap vegetable oils and processed carbage. And this toxic concoction causes your gut to become way out of balance — and allows dangerous heart-breaking bacteria to thrive.
You see, inflammation begins in your gut. And certain gut bacteria produce a vital enzyme called fatty acid synthase, or FAS.
But when your microbiota is out of balance, FAS production screeches to a halt.
FAS is critical for keeping the mucus layer of your intestine intact, and preventing the microbes in your gut from leaking into your cells.
Without this protective layer in your intestine, bad bacteria invade the bloodstream. This creates inflammation in heart cells — leading to restricted blood flow and arterial blockages, a major cause of heart attack, heart failure and stroke.3
To protect your heart I recommend getting your gut back on track with the right probiotics that help recolonize your gut with healthy bacteria and crowd out the bad bacteria. You get a good supply from fermented foods like fresh sauerkraut, kefir, kvass and kimchi and cultured dairy. But I find most of my patients benefit from also taking a supplement.
Yet, you need to be careful… When ConsumerLab.com tested a variety of probiotics, more than a third of the samples failed the tests. Most contained too few live bacteria to be effective.
Tune in tomorrow to discover the best source of heart-healing probiotics…
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1. Krumholz HM, et al. “Lack of association between cholesterol and coronary heart disease mortality and morbidity and all-cause mortality in persons older than 70 years.” JAMA. 1994;272(17):1335-1340.
2. Chowdhury R, et al. “Association of dietary, circulating, and supplement fatty acids with coronary risk: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(6):398-406.
3. Koren O, et al. “Human oral, gut, and plaque microbiota in patients with atherosclerosis.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011;108(Suppl 1):4592–4598.